PORTLAND — There was a slim chance for the Alice Coyotes to sneak into the state playoffs Friday night.

A couple of things had to fall into place though. Tuloso-Midway needed to beat Somerset, Floresville needed to beat San Antonio Southside and Alice had to beat Gregory-Portland.

On what felt like the coldest night of the season, things didn’t at all go the Coyotes’ way. Somerset beat Tuloso-Midway soundly, Southside blowout Floresville and, the most painful part of it all, Gregory-Portland roughed up Alice.

The Wildcats had their biggest offensive night of the season in the 48-22 win Friday night. Gregory-Portland totaled 593 yards of offense, its most of the season. The 48 points the Wildcats scored was also their highest output of 2018.

The Coyotes scored first Friday night. They drove on the Wildcats and then scored on a 49-yard run by quarterback Isaiah Aguilar.

Gregory-Portland took over after that. The Wildcats managed to shut down the Coyotes until they scored against at the end of the third quarter. Meanwhile, the Wildcats scored six times through the first three quarters. Gregory-Portland’s offense was led by running back Kyle Zipprian, who burned the Coyotes for 317 yards in rushing on 34 carries. He scored four times on runs of 23, 44, 42 and five yards. Quarterback Brian Hayek completed 21 of 26 passes for 209 yards.

Alice scored twice more in the second half on short runs by Aguilar. Aguilar ended the game with 127 rushing yards on 23 carries. Ismael Cantu had 20 carries for 137 yards.

For Gregory-Portland, the win snapped a four-game losing skid. The Wildcats ended the year 6-4.

For the Coyotes, the loss ends what was an up-and-down season. After a 20-6 loss to Laredo Alexander in the season opener, the Coyotes began to explode offensively. They put up big offensive numbers in the following weeks and won four of their next five games. Including Friday’s loss to Gregory-Portland, Alice finished the season with four-straight district losses.